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Theatre group tackles tough issues of race, gender, and social identities

December 4, 2013

A handful of campus groups have joined forces to bring theatre troupe About Face to campus Thursday (Dec. 5) night for a performance of It’s For Real, taking place at 7 p.m. in Kresge Theatre (located in the Neese Theatre Complex).

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Described as “hilarious and poignant,” It’s For Real connects issues of race, class, gender, age, and sexuality. Based on the true experiences of the performers in the show, the audience is encouraged to ask the actors about their stories, and share experiences. There’s Nic, a genderqueer voguer dealing with homelessness and their relationship to money; Rashida, whose New Year's day takes an unexpected turn; Nemo, a straight ally whose mom tries to nag her into coming out; and Joel, who gets flack for being black and Latino.

“Some of the issues that About Face deals with can be uncomfortable to bring up or talk about,” says John Kaufmann, assistant professor of theatre studies. “I know we value these conversations here at Beloit, but that doesn't make them easy. Performance, humor, and storytelling can be a great way to start a dialogue, and I've seen this group really get people talking. Hopefully they'll give us a reference point that allows us to keep the conversation going into the future.”

All students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome at this free event; cast members will be available to mix and mingle and keep the conversation going informally at the C-Haus after the show, around 9 p.m.

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